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College receives keys to new £7m Advanced Skills and Innovation Centre

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Ribbon cutting marks ASIC key handover.

There was an air of excitement at Wakefield College this week after the keys to the new £7m Advanced Skills and Innovation Centre were handed over to senior College staff. The new centre, based at the College’s City Campus, will welcome its first students later this month before the official opening in the Autumn, and promises to transform high-levels skills education and training in the District.

Wakefield College Principal, Sam Wright said: “This is another milestone for everyone associated with Wakefield College and marks a new chapter in our recent history. With the keys now firmly in our hands we can really look forward to opening our doors to this fantastic and vibrant new facility in the heart of City.”

The facility includes specialist engineering labs, a 90-seat lecture theatre, a large Apple Mac suite, IT rooms and business incubation spaces where local entrepreneurs can bring their business ideas to life with advice and support on hand.

ASIC will focus on innovation and enterprise in order to promote economic growth in the District and help to fill the region’s skills shortages. University-level provision from areas including engineering, creative and digital industries, game development, web technologies, computing, sports and teacher training will also be delivered from the facility.

The College has been working closely with businesses, students and employers on the development of the project and is planning a series of tours and events to showcase the new centre and highlight the facilities it has to offer in the coming months.

The ASIC project has received £3.3M investment through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Growth Deal – a £1 billion package of investment to accelerate good growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.

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CONTACT: For more information email info@wakefield.ac.uk, or telephone 01924 789789.
DATE: 4 May, 2017

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